Seeing Red

Before summer can come to a close, one key New Orleans tradition must take place – the Red Dress Run. Sponsored by New Orleans Hash House Harriers, which describes itself as a “drinking club with a running problem,” this is an event you do not want to miss.

As the name implies all participants wear red dresses to run, walk, or stroll through the French Quarter and Marigny. The pre/post party spans from 9 am to 5 pm, with the two-mile run starting at 11. The party is productive as all proceeds raised benefit charity.

Red Dress Run is this Saturday, August 12th at Crescent Park. Stand out by visiting Humbug Costume this week for help finding the right red dresses and fun accessories!

Humbug’s Guide to Steampunk

You’ve probably heard the word “steampunk,” and if you’re like us, wondered where in the world it came from and what it really meant. This month, we figured we’d remove the guesswork for you.

The term first appeared in the 1980s writings of science fiction author, K.W. Jeter, but the movement gained mainstream popularity in the late 2000’s through movies like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Costuming is central to steampunk culture. Steampunk fashions mix a Victorian aesthetic with the gothic and burlesque movements. Women’s steampunk costumes are oftentimes characterized by corsets, pillbox hats, and the use of leather, while men’s steampunk costumes emphasize military-style jackets and vests, or top hats paired with three-piece suits.

Find your unique steampunk style at Humbug Costume, New Orleans’ premier costume destination.

Ennie’s Humbug Custom Collaborations

Over the past couple months, you may have noticed the growing collection of Ennie’s Humbug exclusive custom intventory. Ennie’s Humbug is proud to offer its customers premium products through collaborations with worthwhile brands.

On the Ennie’s side, our NeauxLa Dancewear is already a customer favorite. We are the only providers of this line, which now includes tights, leotards, and duffel bags. Coming in colors like “praline,” you know that when you buy of our NeauxLa leotards, you are supporting a New Orleans small business.

Meanwhile, Humbug has added a line of dresses, two-pieces, and tunics handmade by artisans in India! You’ve got to see the ornate detailing on these quality pieces for yourself.

So we hope you stop to check out our latest additions! We constantly strive to bring a fresh, quality items to our loyal customers.


Ennie’s Humbug Spring Gift Guide

Between recitals, graduations, Mother’s Day, and even birthdays, it can seem like you’re constantly buying gifts at this time of year. Being budget-conscious is probably at the top of your mind, but so too is the desire to find that lucky someone a great gift. The perfect present is equal parts thoughtful and useful, while being something recipient is unlikely to buy for themselves.

At Ennie’s Humbug, we’re here to help you find just the right thing, whatever the occasion.

  • For dancers, our custom cover-ups fit all of these criteria: they’re cute and fun but will serve the purpose of keeping her warm backstage.
  • Along the same lines, our colorful garment bags will help your favorite dancer stay organized, while adding add a pop of color to her dance accessories.
  • Help get the non-dancer ready for summer soirees by taking advantage of our dress and gown sale.
  • Also shop our new line handmade printed skirts, tunics, and separates – great for all ages!

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Best in Fest

It’s no secret that New Orleanians know how to have a good time. We throw perfect parade paRecitalrties, dance unabashedly in the street, and (most importantly) always have the right costume. Festivals give us the opportunity to combine all of these terrific talents into one magical day. And these no shortage of festivals in this city.

Whether you’re headed to French Quarter Fest, 9th Ward Fest, or Jazz Fest this month, make it your best fest yet with the perfect outfit. For French Quarter fest, pack comfy shoes for the Quarter’s cobblestone streets and your favorite wig for post-fest partying. Live it up in the 9th Ward with a sequined dress, and always remember to pack your favorite fedora for Jazz Fest!

Happy festival season! We’re got all the clothing and accessories you might need, here in store.

Prom Help, Delivered

Prom season is just around the corner. And as anyone who grew up in the 80’s knows, photos from high school dances will follow you around forever. Make sure your favorite prom attendee has nothing to fear inFormalwear 1 years to come by outfitting her in the perfect dress!

The right prom dress (like the right date) will make its wearer feel comfortable and confident throughout the night. It’s important that the fit, color, and materials are appropriate for the event. For example, if you know there will be a lot of dancing at a particular prom, you might consider a more relaxed fit dress in a lighter-weight material, so that she can move and groove all night without adding a natural “glisten.”

Our staff is experienced in helping our costumers find the perfect outfit for every occasion. Stop in, and enjoy 33% off all prom dresses!

Parade Like A Pro

The biggest Mardi Gras parades are less than a week away, and many New Orleanians are asking themselves if they’re ready for it all. Locals know that precise planning during this time of the year is key to enjoying stress free celebrations. But between nailing down a no-traffic parade route, locking in a bathroom plan, and pickMardi Gras 4ing out the perfect carnival outfit, this season can seem a little overwhelming. Luckily, we can help with at least one of the above.

Some parade-goes prefer to go all out in their costumes, donning anything from a Batwoman body suit to a life size emoji. Most spectators, however, show their Mardi Gras spirit more subtly. You can’t go wrong by simply wearing purple, green, or gold. But we recommend taking your ensemble up a notch by accenting what you already have accessories specific to the season. Stand out in a purple green or gold wig, bright tights, or a fleur de lis scarf.

The good news is that at this time of the year, anything goes. So whatever you decide to wear will be just right, so long as you’re having fun in it! Laissez les bon temps roulez

How Locals Mardi Gras

Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. But many don’t make it past the French Quarter, much less Bourbon Street. Unfortunately, the divide between how too many tourists experience Mardi Gras and how New Orleanians do, is vast. The biggest difference is that locals actively participate in carnival.

Participation is personal and takes different forms; some people like to ride on floats, others dance in the streets, while still others opt for the classier experience of attending carnival balls. What truly makes New Orleans special is that however you prefer to do it, there’s a way for you  to celebrate the season with family and friends. And at the end of the day, that’s what it it’s all about.



Ennie’s Dancewear and Humbug Costume are excited to be one the region’s premiere outfitters for carnival. Whether you need majorette boots, custom costuming, or a ball gown, we’ve got you covered.

Tis the Season to Sparkle

With Christmas inching closer and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s officially the season for holiday soirees. If you’re anything like us, the outlook for this week includes a frenzy to finish holiday shopping, cooking, and cleaning, and outfit planning for the weeks ahead has taken a back seat. While it’s certainly understandable that finding the perfect dress for your upcoming engagements isn’t at the top of your to-do list, don’t add the last-minute stress by not thinking ahead.


One of our many sparkly dresses.

Simplify things even further with a garment you can use for both Christmas and New Year’s parties. One of our favorite current trends that translates for both holidays is sparkle. At Christmas, layer a cheery sweater or scarf over a sequined skirt or dress for a more casual, festive look. On New Year’s Eve re-purpose your sparkly staple by pairing with bright pumps. In the new year, it’ll get even more wear during come Mardi Gras season.

If you don’t yet have the sparkle you need, come by our store, and one of our assistants would be happy to help you find the perfect piece. Happy holidays!


Trending Colors in Fall Formalwear

Back in July, the color making and trendsetting company, Pantone, released its predictions for which colors would dominate fall and winter collections. Not surprisingly, their outlook was accurate. The following colors are currently trending in fall and winter formalwear.

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Pastels are popular this season.


  • Brown – Although black endures as a formalwear staple, there has been a shift towards brown, as it’s the classic natural anchor.
  • Pastels – Once just part of the springtime palette, pastels now bring softness to fall and winter collections and also act as a contrast to darker shades.
  • Coral – Bright holiday reds are increasingly being substituted for gentler coral tones, sometimes pairing with deeper coppery reds.
  • White – Once the post-Labor Day taboo, winter whites bring simplicity and elegance to fall and winter formalwear, especially when used on textured material.
  • Purple – Just in time for Mardi Gras, purple has made a comeback to bring warmth and depth to fall and winter collections.


Stay on trend by incorporating these colors into your fall formalwear wardrobe. And remember, our personal consultants are always here to help you find anything you may need.